Postgraduate Fees & Funding

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This information is for Home residents. If you are an International applicant you can find relevant information in our International section. If you are an EU national starting from September 2021 your fee status may be Home or Overseas, depending on your circumstances. If you have any questions please contact our fees and funding team by email on studentfunding@leedsconservatoire.ac.uk.

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EU students:

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, if you start your course on or after the 1 August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for Home fees, unless the following applies.

If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA member state who have applied and been granted settled or pre-settled status (or the child, spouse, or civil partner of such a person), you may remain eligible for Home fees as part of the UK Government’s arrangements under the Withdrawal Agreement.

You can find more information from UKCISA about the categories eligible for home fees: Full information on HE fee status for students starting courses in England in Autumn 2021

If you have any questions please contact our fees and funding team by email on studentfunding@leedsconservatoire.ac.uk


Tuition Fees for 2022 Entry

MA Dramaturgy (W44F - 1 year full-time) - £8,000

MA Music (W33F - 1 year full-time) - £11,000

PgDip Music (W41F - 10 months full-time) - £7,000

MA Musical Direction (W45F - 1 year full-time) - £8,000

MA Musical Theatre Company (W42F - 1 year full-time) - £14,000

MA Musical Theatre Creatives (W43F - 1 year full-time) - £11,000

Tuition Fees for 2021 Entry

MA Music (W33F - 1 year full-time) - £11,000

PgDip Music (W41F - 10 months full-time) - £7,000

See our Tuition Fee Policy 2021-22

Information about how to pay your fees is sent with enrolment information.

Alumni Discount

A discount of 10% is available to students who have completed an undergraduate degree at Leeds Conservatoire and who subsequently proceed onto an MA course.


 

Funding 0ptions

Download our Guide to Postgraduate Funding at Leeds Conservatoire 2022.

Note: Some of this information is applicable for 2021 entry only – See the websites listed from Spring 2022 for updated information for September 2022 entry. 

Student Loans for Masters Courses

Note: Some of this information is applicable for 2021 entry only – please check the websites listed below from Spring 2022 for updated information for September 2022 entry.

Student Loans for Masters level study are available for many UK applicants.

You can read more information here, depending on where you normally live:

England

Funding: Non-income assessed Masters loan of up to £11,570 paid to student.

Repayment: Repay at 6% of income above the threshold- currently £21,000.

Find out more: Gov.uk - Masters Loan

Please note this information is for the 2021-2022 academic year. For the academic year 2022-2023, information is normally updated on gov.uk in Spring.

Wales

Funding: Up to £18,025 as a combination of grant and loan.

Income requirements: Amount of grant vs loan varies by household income - for example: Income below £18,370: max grant £6,885 + loan £11,140. Income of £59,200 or more - grant £1,000 + loan £17,025. 

Repayment: Repay at 6% of income above the threshold- currently £21,000.

Find out more: Student Finance Wales

Northern Ireland

Funding: Non-income assessed fee loan of up to £5,500 paid to university.

Repayment: Repay at 9% of income above the threshold – currently £19,895.

Find out more: Student Finance NI

Scotland

Funding: Non-income assessed fee loan of up to £5,500 paid to university and living cost loan of up to £4,500.

Repayment: Repay at 9% of income above the threshold – currently £25,000.

Find out more: Student Awards Agency Scotland

  • The residence requirements are complex – please read the criteria before applying. 
  • Applicants must be aged under 60 on 1 September in the year of entry. 
  • The loans are available for a full time MA only  (not PgDip) 
  • The loans are not available to those who already hold an equivalent level qualification 
  • If you had an Undergraduate loan you should use the same Customer Reference Number. You will need your passport number, National Insurance number, and bank account details.
Leeds Conservatoire Postgraduate Bursary

Home students who have an offer of a place on a Masters course at Leeds Conservatoire can apply for a cash bursary of £1,000 to help towards study and living costs, for applicants from the lowest income households.

There are 20 bursaries available. Please read the bursary information (PDF) for the criteria and details.

To apply, please complete the Leeds Conservatoire Postgraduate Bursary Application Form. You will then need to submit evidence in support of your application via email to studentfunding@leedsconservatoire.ac.uk.

Application Deadline: Friday 2 September 2022 - 11:45pm


Scholarships and other sources of funding

Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Awards (Music and Musical Direction)

Awards between £1,000 and £5,000 are available to MA Music and Musical Direction applicants in financial need to help with cost of the course and living costs

Help Musicians has supported the costs of music education since 1921 to help performers achieve their potential by removing some of the financial burden. Help Musicians strongly encourages applications from students from underrepresented backgrounds, including those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; D/deaf and disabled people; and those from lower socio-economic groups.

Applicants are assessed according to financial need, musical potential, and ability to sustain a career and must be UK residents for at least 183 days prior to application.

Application deadline:

Monday 7 March 2022 9:00AM

Shortlisted applicants invited to audition:

First 2 weeks of April 2022

Read more information and apply on the Help Musicians UK Website

The Countess of Munster Musical Trust (Classical, Jazz or Composers)

Open to instrumentalists and singers (who are looking to undertake performance-based classical or jazz music postgraduate study) as well as to composers wishing to undertake postgraduate study.

Applications are now also welcomed from exceptional jazz students about to enter their final year of undergraduate study.

For more information see the Munster Trust website.

You can apply before you have an offer of a place on a course, but please read all the criteria and FAQs first. 

Key dates for your diary

  • Applications Open: 1 January 2022
  • Applications Deadline: 10 February 2022
  • References Deadline: 17 February 2022
  • Auditions Start: 11 April 2022

Update January 2022: The current intention of the Trustees is to provide support for students in the academic year 2022/23. We are keeping all Government advice and restrictions relating to COVID-19 under review and currently are hopeful that we will be able to hold live auditions in London in spring 2022. However, candidates are advised to ensure that the applications and recordings submitted to the Trust are as strong as possible.

Yorkshire Ladies Council of Education Award

Female postgraduate students who are eligible to pay Home fees can apply for an award directly to this local charity to help with study costs. 

Applications are assessed in September, March and June. Completed forms must be received by the first day of the relevant month.

The grant awarded is normally between £200 and £400. Grants support course fees only. Grants are paid direct to institutions on behalf of applicants. No payments are made to individuals.

Find out more on the YCLE Awards Website

Other Funding Sources

The following websites have links and search directories for other sources of funding according to your specific criteria. Note that most charities and grant making trusts expect you to apply very early and in many cases to audition. Applications for most awards are usually very competitive and you are advised to apply early.

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/funding_postgraduate_study.htm

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/

http://www.munstertrust.org.uk/

http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/index.php/site/resources/

https://www.postgrad.com/fees_and_funding/postgrad_solutions_study_bursaries/

Ian Fleming Musical Theatre Award (Musical Theatre Company, Musical Direction)

Closed for 2022 entry

MA Musical Theatre Company, MA Musical Direction applicants and final year Undergraduate Musical Theatre students in financial need can apply directly to Help Musicians for financial support towards study and living costs.

Applicants can apply for financial support of up to £5,000. Applicants are assessed according to financial need, musical potential and ambition to create a sustainable career within the industry and must be UK residents for at least 183 days prior to application.

Applications are now closed for 2022 academic year. We expect applications for 2023 to open in May 2023, with an expected closing date in July 2023.

Read more information on the Help Musicians UK Website

Snowden Masters Scholarships

The Snowdon Masters Scholarships is for national and international disabled students applying for a master's programme at any UK institution that starts in 2022.

Up to a maximum of £30,000 of funding per successful student is available - with up to £15,000 available towards master's fees and a £15,000 p.a. allowance while studying.

The scholarship has been designed to identify, accelerate and support talented disabled individuals to achieve their higher education goals.

You can read more about the scholarship here.

Applications for 22-23 are now closed but applications for 23-24 are expected to open in January 2023.


Additional Costs

MA Dramaturgy

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing– in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music– the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Course-related Travel– students may be required to, or choose to, travel for performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on specialism and any optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas– international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase– the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard software and platforms.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies– students may choose to join a professional body (some of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation– gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

MA Music

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing – in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music – the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Instrument Maintenance – this may vary depending on the instrument and whether or not the student is studying performance. Please note that students are expected to provide their own instrument.
  • Course-related Travel – students may be required to, or choose to, travel for gigs and performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on course, specialism (i.e. performance, composition, production) and the optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas – international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase – the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard DAW software and platforms (i.e. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Logic X, Ableton Live) alongside sample libraries such as Native Instruments Kontakt and East West.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies – students may choose to join a professional body such as the ISM or Musicians Union (both of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation – gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

Students may also, by application to the Head of Postgraduate Studies using the Assessment Proposal Form process (see Programme Specification, section 2e), request to present their Specialist Study 3 Independent Creative project at a venue external to Leeds Conservatoire. If approval is granted for an external venue to be used, students will be expected to raise funds independently to cover any costs relating specifically to the venue hire. Use of an external venue for Specialist Study 3 is optional and therefore students are not required to incur additional costs in this way.

PGDip Music

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing – in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music – the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Instrument Maintenance – this may vary depending on the instrument and whether or not the student is studying performance. Please note that students are expected to provide their own instrument.
  • Course-related Travel – students may be required to, or choose to, travel for gigs and performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on course, specialism (i.e. performance, composition, production) and the optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas – international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase – the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard DAW software and platforms (i.e. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Logic X, Ableton Live) alongside sample libraries such as Native Instruments Kontakt and East West.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies – students may choose to join a professional body such as the ISM or Musicians Union (both of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation – gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

MA Musical Direction

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing– in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music– the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Instrument Maintenance– this may vary depending on the instrument. Please note that students are expected to provide their own instrument (if applicable).
  • Course-related Travel– students may be required to, or choose to, travel for performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent specialism and the optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas– international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase– the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard DAW software and platforms (i.e. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Logic X, Ableton Live) alongside sample libraries such as Native Instruments Kontakt and East West.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies– students may choose to join a professional body such as the ISM or Musicians Union (both of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation– gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

MA Musical Theatre Company

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing– in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music– the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Course-related Travel– students may be required to, or choose to, travel for performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on specialism and any optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas– international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase– the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard software and platforms.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies– students may choose to join a professional body (some of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation– gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

MA Musical Theatre Creatives

Indicative additional costs relating to the course (this is given as a guide only):

  • Printing– in the majority of cases coursework and assessments are submitted online. However, students may be required to print coursework and assessments for specific offline submissions. Every student will receive printing credit at the start of term.
  • Books/Music– the conservatoire’s library has a wide range of resources, which include many core texts and materials. However, students may be required to, or choose to, purchase their own copy of core text and other materials for particular modules.
  • Course-related Travel– students may be required to, or choose to, travel for performances, module placements and other course-related trips and visits. This may vary dependent on specialism and any optional modules selected.
  • Student Visas– international students will require appropriate student visas.
  • Computer/Software Purchase– the conservatoire’s mac labs run the latest industry standard software and platforms.

    Students can complete their work for the course using these facilities. However, students may wish to buy their own equipment and software for convenience and access outside of the conservatoire (HE student discount is often available from manufacturers once enrolled).
  • Professional Bodies– students may choose to join a professional body (some of which offer student membership).
  • Graduation– gown hire and photography are additional costs that are associated with graduation.

Further costs which students may need to budget for include stationery, binding, storage devices for backing up work, instrument insurance and general subsistence on trips and visits, and any fees which may be required for performers, in student projects, who are external to the conservatoire.

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